‘Youth advised to adopt strategic approach to political activism’

‘Youth advised to adopt strategic approach to political activism’

The Executive Director of Maltiti Foundation, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting quality livelihood in the rural areas, Ewura Adams Karim, has urged Ghanaian youth to change their approach to political activism in the country.

Speaking at the launch of the Progressive People’s Movement (PPM), a simulated political party at the Ghana International Press Centre in Accra, under the theme “Empowering Youth for a Brighter Future: PPM Roadmap to Prosperity”, Mr Karim noted that the current approach to political activism in Ghana was not yielding the desired results.

He lamented that youthful political activism in Ghana in the Fourth Republic had been using the same approach of constantly bashing the government of the day without proffering solutions.

Mr Karim emphasised that for Ghana to achieve real political activism, the youth should adopt a more strategic and calculated approach to the way of doing things.

“The youth should stop the unnecessary noise and talk and change the way they approach political activism. We need a more strategic approach that focuses on critical thinking to address issues affecting the country,” he stressed.

He further said that the youth should not only be seen as mere critics, but as people whose positive contribution to national development was paramount.

“It is time we stop the long talk on radio and TV stations. I have done that before but it doesn’t yield the result we desire. Let us stop talking and propose solutions to problems in the country” he said.

He said the youth need to change their mindset and ways of approaching issues in society.

“Our mindset as a people is generally bad. We need to be the change we are asking for. We need to do the right things even if no one watches us. That is the only way we can make an impact in our society”, he added.

Mr Karim urged young people to be more proactive in their approach to social and political issues and own their future.

The Progressive People’s Movement is a simulated political party created by Level 300 Students of Ghana Institute of Journalism as part of a Political Communication course.

The programme brought together academics, youth leaders and students to discuss how to empower the youth to participate in the political activities of Ghana.

The political competition is an annual activity under the Communication Studies Department of the University, and is meant to empower students to participate constructively in the politics of the country.

This year’s competition will see six political parties of which PPM is a leading force to participate in the campaign and design policies in helping to solve Ghana’s problems.

The final rally of the competition and a debate on political ideas and policies is slated for Friday, March 31, 2023, at the Dzorwulu Campus of the Institute.

According to the party executives, the Progressive People’s Movement (PPM) is committed to building a fair and just society in Ghana. “We believe that social justice, equality, and collective responsibility are essential components of a prosperous and thriving nation. We advocate government intervention to regulate the market and protect workers’ rights, while promoting policies that create opportunities for all Ghanaians to succeed.”

By Mercy Adomaa Sarpong

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